Observe her tastes to determine appropriate gifts. Cultivate mutual experience through shared secrets and private vocabularies.
Targeted gifts and novel expressions of emotional preference in good measure, increasing in significance proportionate to total time in relationship. The opposite curve yields dissatisfaction and limited return.
Identify and disrupt plateaus in communication, affection, or routine. Sameness and familiarity weaken the bond.
Do things you dislike with grace. Make few criticisms and fewer demands.
In conversation, ask questions. Listen carefully, then pose follow-up questions to indicate interest and understanding.